IRAEA supports a wide-array of research projects focused on the impact of regulation on policy on societal well-being, including providing funding and support for Research Fellowships, Research Grants, Visiting Scholars, Graduate Research Assistantships, and Undergraduate Research Scholarships. Research supported by the Initiative is expected to provide objective and unbiased analyses of the tradeoffs associated with regulation and policy. Researchers supported by the Initiative are expected to submit their research to high-quality, peer-reviewed academic journals, and to make their data, methods, and conclusions publicly available.  

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Research Funding Opportunities

 

IRAEA Undergraduate Research Scholarship Opportunities


 

Research Project Description

This project will support data-gathering efforts in support of an overarching research program aimed at investigating rural hospital closures, telehealth, and mental health outcomes in the United States.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Mariana Carrera, Agricultural Economics and Economics

mariana.carrera@montana.edu

Student Duties

Early stages of research require extensive review of relevant literature and research of federal and state policies. I seek to hire 1-2 students with an interest in rural health and healthcare policy to assist with literature review, policy research, and data collection.

Minimum Requirements

Strong analytic and writing skills. Extreme attention to detail.

Research Project Description

This project will support data-gathering efforts in support of an overarching research program aimed at investigating the mental health impacts of white supremacist propaganda on college campuses.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Mariana Carrera, Agricultural Economics and Economics

mariana.carrera@montana.edu

Student Duties

I would like to work with an interested student for 5-10 hours a week collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data on the appearance of flyers posted by white supremacist organizations on college campuses, as well as data on the frequency of visits to college counseling centers by students of minority and majority groups.

Minimum Requirements

Programming skills using Stata, SAS, or R. Data analysis experience through coursework in Econometrics (ECNS 403R) or other.

Research Project Description

This project will support data-gathering efforts in support of an overarching research program aimed at investigating the impacts of policy and regulation on the health and well-being of young peope with physical and mental disorders.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Wendy Stock, Agricultural Economics and Economics

wstock@montana.edu

Student Duties

Department of Education Office of Special Education programs reports from scanned .pdf files to .xlsx files.

Minimum Requirements

Experience using Microsoft Excel, extreme attention to detail.

Research Project Description

Using variation in federal policies establishing unemployment benefit duration we estimate the effect of sudden changes in benefit duration on domestic violence. 

Principal Investigator

Dr. Isaac Swensen, Agricultural Economics and Economics

isaac.swensen@montana.edu

Student Duties

A student RA is needed to assist in compiling literature reviews, documenting the institutional background, and organizing the data.

Research Project Description

We study the insider trading activities of managers when companies they lead are subject to a bond rating downgrade.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Gary Caton, Business

gary.caton@montana.edu

Student Duties

Using scholar.google.com and library resources, conduct a search of the literature for related papers, and then read a handful of those papers (we select together) and write short white papers explaining them.

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge of statistics is required. Knowledge of advanced statistics and/or econometrics would be helpful.